English engineer, inventor and racing driver George Eyston was one of those for whom the pursuit of a speed record was one of the most important goals. In 1934 he joined forces with the MG (Morris Garage) company to break the record in the class G (engine capacity up to 750 cc) with a new prototype based on the Magnette K3 racing car. The EX135 used the K3 engine with its Powerplus compressor, while the chassis was modified (extended wheelbase and adjustment of the side members to lower the position of the pilot). By analogy with EX127 (“Magic Midget”), the new prototype is identified as the “Magic Magnette”, but its most famous nickname is “Humbug” (candy) from the brown and beige lines (MG colors) which alternated over the entire length of the car body. In June 1934 Eyston won the British Empire Trophy Race run as Formula Libre event at Brooklands at the wheel of the EX135. In October that year Eyston went to Montlhéry where, in just two days, he broke a dozen class G records. The car in various further modifications was used in races and record runs until 1951. The K&R built kit model represents “Humbug” raced by George Eyston to the victory at 1934 British Empire Trophy Race.

1934Formula LibreBritish Empire Trophy
Driver No.Entrant
George Eyston16
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43K&R Replicas
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